Hilltop’s Childcare and Early Childhood Education Program Expands

Hilltop’s Childcare and Early Childhood Education Program Expands

VALPARAISO — Hilltop Neighborhood House is expanding its award winning childcare program to serve more families in 2016.

Thanks to a grant from the Porter County Community Foundation’s Women’s Fund, in the past month, Hilltop was able to restructure their childcare program based on Indiana Family and Social Services Administration’s current teacher-to-child ratios.

“We’ve always followed the state ratios in our classrooms and with Valparaiso University Work Study students and volunteers, we maintain very low child and teacher ratios already, however restructuring the program and facility ultimately provides more available spots for young learners” said Hilltop Director Amy Osburn. “We have also done some internal building improvements with our classrooms as well has hiring additional teaching staff.

A Path’s to Quality Level 3 provider, Hilltop is the only registered ministry in Porter County to be a registered private preschool with the Indiana Department of Education.

“Hilltop’s relationship with the IDOE allows us to implement the states developmental screening tool ISTAR-KR, which is rating system designed by the state to assess children in English/language arts, math, physical skills, personal care and social-emotional skills,” Osburn said.

Furthermore, their staff must have a valid teaching licenses and/or degree in the field of education to be hired on.

“Hilltop is very proud to be a leader in our community for both childcare and early child learning.”

For more information regarding childcare enrollment, email aosburn@hilltophouse.org.